On this day 2019.
Celebrating a year of daily cartoons.
Like everything in the universe and even the universe itself, beginnings are also perpetual movement. We may experience a beginning as state-like through our relative resting or slowing down into curiosity and newness and creativity. But the perception of stillness is, at a quantum level, made up of a multitude of smaller parts in motion. We may also experience beginnings as fleeting and scant. We may perhaps feel all too familiar with the passing of each astounding first, each happy surprise, and each welcome reset. In whatever ways the constant churning of return, rebirth, and renewal occurs for us, we may be left with a universal call to continue anyway, alongside the movement of time and space and matter. What helps you flow through the changes of beginning?
Curiosity, openness, and a willingness to not know may be some of the best antidotes to stigma that we have. How do you fight stigma?
When we were beginners we likely had a lot of help. In the very beginning we relied on it. Some or many of us may not have had the help we needed or the help that actually helped in every or even in many or most situations, which may have soured us on being open to being helped. Yet, when we were beginners we weren't at first afraid of or uncomfortable with or ashamed to have help. It was natural to be supported. We didn't know any other way. Returning to an openness to receiving, utilizing, and growing through help can and maybe must continue throughout life. What's one way that you've helped yourself be open to being helped this week?
Language may only take us so far in describing the varied ways that we actually relate with each other. In English, acquaintance, friend, lover, partner, spouse, and co-conspirator are just a few of the words that we use to describe our social connections. Other neologisms and creative mashups used to describe some connections include flirtationship, hookup, crush, triad, bromance, squish, and polycule. In other languages there are yet many more words that have no translation to English and that describe with detail and nuance even more about our global and local social realities. Yet, while there are many words to describe relationships, there may not be enough or the right words to describe every connection in our lives. When words feel inadequate, what's something you do to stay curious about your social connections?
At times, there is an energy when we begin that may be unlike any other energy. It's an energy that can motivate us to do things we may not normally do. It's an energy that can burst forth in powerful surges. It may also be an energy that changes us in fundamental ways, and it may be an energy that returns us to younger, simpler, more inspired sensations and feelings. What has brought you new energy in the past month? What was the new energy like for you?
Maybe we all and always begin with friendship. Maybe friendship is also the beginning of every relationship, every journey, and every accomplishment. Whether we're befriending ourselves, each other, the earth and plants and animals, or even observable phenomena and the unknown, we maybe are always leading first from a place of mutual trust and kindness. As social creatures, we may be wired for connection. In spirit, we may be at our highest selves when we return to amity to begin, again and again, reopened and restored in collective care. Give a shout-out to your besties, to your friends, and to anyone who lights up your heart with renewed good will.
It can be scary to speak up and say what our truth is. Sometimes when we've done this in the past it really hasn't gone well for us. Sometimes the reaction hurt us or even harmed us. Yet, we can practice speaking up anyway. When we practice speaking, we may benefit from practicing with an open heart. We may also need to practice speaking with trust in our own ability to respond to what comes next. And when we practice in these ways we may be able to move through — and with — our fears and to strengthen our voice in the world. What helps you speak when it is scary to do so?
The heart can listen, too. The heart can listen with an openness and a trust in meeting whatever needs to be spoken with equanimity and love. The heart may also need some help to listen and to listen in this way. What helps your heart hear what others have to say?
Beginnings don't always look like what we imagine beginnings to be. Sometimes when we begin it can look and feel like coming to an end. Beginnings can be sad, gloomy, tired, falling apart, broken, decaying, and dying. When we begin it can by unskillful, confusing, messy, stressful, and chaotic. A beginning can also be a depression, heavy and low, and it can be a waning, an ebb, and a draining, a shedding, or a wilting. Share about a time when you had what felt like an unlikely beginning in love.
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